Special guest: Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich and the Gulf Islands said: “We must secure commitment and funding to empower rural communities to prepare and train in advance of the next crisis, and more importantly be ready for recovery.”

She continued by saying: “We need to act now because doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result won’t cut it anymore. We must fight climate change, while adapting to the growing climate emergency.

We will need a lot more adaptation and a lot more climate action to hold to 1.5 degrees. At the local level we must mobilize. We will need to increase our community resilience.”